Just in time for back-to-school: New distance learning resources are available on Wide Open School.
Empatico is a free platform for classrooms around the world to connect through video exchanges. Teachers can add information such as student ages and dates they're available -- as well as pick some of Empatico's pre-built activities -- to get matched with another teacher. Once matched, chat with your partner teacher to prepare for an upcoming session, and provide photos and videos of your class if desired. Also, to make sure you're not caught off guard, check out the teacher resources that provide tips on intercultural experiences and how to set up your room.
Most importantly, be mindful of why you're using Empatico, and how you plan on assessing learning. Students need to be aware of expectations up front, and there should be enough time given for reflection afterward. In addition to any content they might be learning, students can use Empatico to practice communication skills and possibly to reflect on the social and emotional learning (SEL) that's happening like empathy, self-control, and humility.Continue reading Show less